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Where Are Manchester United's 2012-13 Title Winning Squad Now?



Manchester United last won the Premier League title back in Sir Alex Ferguson's last season as a manager in 2012-13, but where are the players from that title-winning squad now?


Goalkeepers


David De Gea – free agent



The Spanish goalkeeper joined the Red Devils back in the 2011-12 season, and went on to have a successful career at the club, surpassing over a decade at United.


He is currently a free agent after departing the club upon the expiry of his contract


Anders Lindegaard – retired


 Lindegaard mainly served as a backup goalkeeper during his five year spell at United. The season when featured most for United was 2012-13 title winning season, in which he made 13 appearances for the club.


The Dane departed Old Trafford in 2015 before enjoying spells at several English clubs including West Bromwich Albion, Preston North End and Burnley before ending his career at Swedish side Helsinborg, where he retired in 2022.


Defenders



Rafael Da Silva – Botafogo


The 2012-13 season was saw Rafael establish his spot in the United side, with 40 appearances in all competitions at right-back.


However he only spent a further two years in Red, departing for Lyon in 2015. He went on to spend a further five seasons in France, before a year in Istanbul. He then moved back to his native Brazil, signing with Botafogo in 2021, where he has remained since.


Patrice Evra – retired


Evra had a long, successful career at Old Trafford, establishing himself as one of the greatest full-backs in Premier League history. The frenchman was a key player for Sir Alex's side during the 2012-13 season, with 42 appearances, but he left the club just a year later.


He went on to have spells at Juventus, Marseille and West Ham, before retiring in 2018. He can now often be seen on TV working as a pundit.


Rio Ferdinand – retired


Ferdinand is widely regarded as a world-class centre-back, one of the greatest in Premier League history. He made 34 appearances in the 2012-13 season, and went on to stay with United for one more year before leaving in 2014.


He signed with Queens Park Rangers that summer, spending a year at Loftus Road before he retired. Like fellow defender Evra, he has also stepped into a punditry role since.


Chris Smalling – AS Roma


Chris Smalling made 22 appearances for the Reds in all competitions during the 2012-13 season, which was his third at the club. He went on to spend six more seasons at United but left in 2019 to join AS Roma.


The move to Italy rejuvenated his career, and he has impressed in the Serie A in recent years.


Nemanja Vidic – retired


Nemanja Vidic made 26 appearances in the 2012-13 season, winning his final Premier League title that season. He spent eight years in Red, and put wrote his name into the history books as one of the greatest Premier League defenders.


The Serbian left for Inter in 2014, where he spent two years before retiring in 2016.


Michael Keane - Everton


Keane only made two league cup appearances during the 2012-13 season at United, but he has gone on to have a successful career in the top-flight of English football.


Keane made just one Premier League appearance at United and joined Burnley on a permanent deal after various loan spells. After several seasons for the Clarets, he made the switch to Everton where he has spent the last seven years.


Antonio Valencia – retired


Antonio Valencia was pivotal for United during the 2012-13 season, making 40 appearances in his third season in Red. He spent the next six years at the Old Trafford before departing in 2019.


The Ecudorian has since retired and founded his own football club, AV25 Club Deportivo in his home country.


Phil Jones – retired


Jones very highly regarded by Sir Alex Ferguson after signing for the club in 2011. In the 2012-13 season, the centre-back made 24 appearances in all competitions for United.


However, injuries limited his progress over the next decade and he became a free agent after being released in May 2023. Later that year, in September, he became involved in United's youth teams training sessions at Carrington,as he then announced plans to take courses to earn his coaching badges.


Jonny Evans – United


The 2012-13 season saw Evans record 30 appearances for the club. He eventually departed Old Trafford for West Brom in 2015, spending three seasons at the Hawthorns before moving on to Leicester City in 2018.


The Nothern Irishman resigned for the Red Devils back in July 2023, and has been a steady performer in Erik Ten Hag's side this season.


Alexander Buttner – De Graafschap


Hopes were high for Alexander Buttner when he joined the Red Devils in 2012 but his time at the club was dissapointing.


He only made 13 appearances for the United that season, and left just two years after signing for the club He then went on to enjoy stints in Russia and Belgium as well as a brief spell in the US, before returning to his native Holland. He currently plays for De Graafschap, having signed in 2022.


Scott Wooton – Wellington Phoenix


After coming through United's youth ranks, the 2012-13 season was Scott Wootton's last at United. He struggled to break into the team, making only four appearances for the Red Devils that year, before departing to Leeds United.


He spent three years at Leeds before he joining several different football league sides. He is now playing out in Australia at Wellington Phoenix, where he's been for the last four years.


Marnick Vermijl – Thes Sport


Vermijl made only two appearances during his time at United before moving on in 2015. He spent time on loan at a number of sides, including Preston North End, but has since settled down with Thes Sport in Beligum, where he signed in 2020.


Midfielders



Anderson – retired


Anderson's managed 26 appearances in United's 2012-13 title winning season. However, with just 10 appearances in the next two seasons, he moved back to Brazil in 2015 and retired in 2020 after spells at several clubs.


Giggs – retired


Regarded as one of United's greatest-ever players, Ryan Giggs's career was nearing its end during the 2012-13 season. He made 32 appearances in all competitions, winning his 13th and final Premier League trophy of his career.


He retired just one year later in the summer of 2014. He then went on to get involved in managament, spending four years as the head coach of the Wales national team before stepping down in 2022.


Shinji Kagawa – Cerezo Osaka


Kagawa was another exciting talent signed in Sir Alex Ferguson's final season who struggled at Old Trafford. Kagawa signed from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2012, and started his career in Manchester well.


He made 26 appearances and scored six goals in all competitions during his first season, things were looking good, but however a dip in form saw him return to Dortmund two years later. He went on to rejoin his boyhood club Cerezo Osaka in Japan, where he is still playing.


Michael Carrick – retired


A vital cog in United's machine, Michael Carrick made 46 appearances in the 2012-13 season. He spent the next five years at Old Trafford before hanging up his boots.


The midfielder has since stepped into a managerial role at Middlesborough, where he has done an impressive job. He also worked as assistant manager at United during Jose Mourinho's tenure at the club.


Tom Cleverly – retired


The 2012-13 season was Tom Cleverley's breakthrough at United as he made 32 appearances in all competitions. He spent the next two years at the club, before moving on to Everton and eventually Watford, wehere he was forced to retire due to injuries.


Cleverly has recently took on an interim managerial role at the Hornets.


Paul Scholes – retired


Having initially retired in 2011, Paul Scholes returned to the pitch for the 2012-13 season, making 21 appearances in all competitions.


He quickly retired again, though, retiring for good in the summer of 2013. He is currently the co-owner of Salford City, and is known for his punditry work. He also had a brief managerial spell at Oldham Athletic, but it did not last long.


Ashley Young – Everton


The 2012-13 season was Ashley Young's second at Old Trafford. He made 23 appearances in all competitions that season, and went on to spend the next seven years at the club before completing a move to Inter Milan in 2019.


Young spent two years in Serie A before returning to his former club Aston Villa, but was released once his contract expired at Villa Park. He then went on to join Everton in 2023, where he is still playing regularly at 38-years-old.


Nick Powell – Stockport County


Powell signed for United from Crewe ahead of the 2012-13 season, and his debut year was the most he ever featured for the club, with six appearances in all competitions.


He has had bright spells in the Championship for Wigan and Stoke, before dropping down to League Two, joining Stockport County on a free transfer.


Robbie Brady – Preston North End


After coming through United's youth academy, Brady made just one appearance for United in 2012-13, before he was shipped out on loan to Hull City, the club he eventually signed for permanently a year later.


He has gone on to play for several English sides and is currently at Preston, who he signed for in 2022.


Ryan Tunnicliffe – Adelaide United


Tunicliffe made four appearances in his time at United. His two league cup performances were not enough to earn him more game time, and he left Old Trafford the next year to join Fulham.


He has since played for several English sides, and now plays his football at Australian club Adelaide United.


Darren Fletcher – retired


The 2012-13 season difficult for Darren Fletcher, as he was limited to just 10 appearances due to injury. He struggled to regain his place in the starting 11 after the injury, and left for West Brom in 2015.


He spent two and a half seasons at the Hawthorns before joining Stoke in 2017. After two seasons at the Potters, the Scotsman retired in 2018. Fletcher is now the technical director at Manchester United.

 

Forwards



Danny Welbeck – Brighton & Hove Albion


After several injury-hit years at Old Trafford, he joined Arsenal a year after Ferguson's retirement and spent five seasons at the Emirates, but struggled. After a year at Watford, he joined Brighton & Hove Albion in 2020 and has since rejuvinated his career.


Josh King – Fenerbache


After making one appearance for United in the 2012-13 season, Joshua King signed with Blackburn halfway through the year and impressed for them.


He spent three years at Blackburn before moving to AFC Bournemouth. Having spent six years at the club, he has since played for a number of clubs and joined Turkish side Fenerbahce in 2022.


Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandes – Guadalajara


With 18 goals in 36 appearances, Javier Hernandez was a key figure in for United in 2012-13. After another fairly strong year in front of goal the next season, it went downhill for Chicharito and he left the club in 2015.


After two years at Bayer Leverkusen, he made a return to England when he signed for West Ham United in 2017. He then went on to sign with LA Galaxy in the States, before returning to his homeland of Mexico.


Federico Macheda – Ankaragucu


Federico Macheda made just three appearances for United in the 2012-13 season and departed the club a year later. He will always be remembered for his decisive goal against Aston Villa.


The Italian enjoyed several years at Panathinaikos, before joining Turkish side Ankaragucu in 2022.


Luis Nani – Adana Demirspor


The 2012-13 season marked a dip in form for Nani compared to his previous years at United. He made 21 appearances for the Reds, and just a further 14 in the next two years before he left.


Having jumped between several clubs over the next few years, including Australian side Melbourne Victory, he went on to join Turkish side Adana Demirspor.


Wayne Rooney – retired


United's record Premier League goalscorer, Rooney made 37 appearances and scored 16 goals in the 2012-13 season. He certainly went down as a club legend in his time at Old Trafford.


After another four years at Old Trafford, Rooney rejoined boyhood club Everton in 2017 for a year, before heading to the US to join DC United before then joining Derby in 2019.

He retired in 2021 and has since had various managerial stints, taking charge of Derby for a year, before returning to DC as a coach, and going on to have a brief spell at Birmingham City. He has recently been involved in punditry as well.


Robin Van Persie – retired


Van Persie impressed in his first season at United, as his crucial goals led United to the Premier League title. The Dutchman had a successful United career, however joined Fenerbache in July 2015, before returning to former club Feyenoord.


In May 2020, a year after his retirement, Van Persie became an assistant-coach to Dick Advocaat at Feyenoord, where he would help train the club's strikers in an unofficial role. In May 2021, Feyenoord announced that Van Persie would officially join the club from the start of the 2021–22 season in a supporting role as a field coach, while also becoming the co-head coach at the club's under-16 team. This season, Van Persie was promoted to co-head coach of the club's under-18 team, as well as the under-19 team in the 2023–24 UEFA Youth League.





 

 

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